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A Winter Family Adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park

Family at Sprague Lake in RMNP

We were looking for something that our extended family could do together outside and came up with the idea to head to RMNP for the day.  Because there are kids ranging from 6 to 18 years old, we wanted to find a relatively flat hike so the little kids could keep up.  Planning the hike was easy with RockyMountainNationalPark.com!  I just looked on their Favorite Family Trails page, and determined that Sprague Lake was a good option for these reasons:

  • Easy Access: We could drive right to a parking lot and start walking
  • Beautiful Views: A stunning lake with dramatic mountain peaks in the background makes for postcard worthy views
  • Very little elevation gain: only 10 feet
  • Total trail length of 1 mile: perfect for doing with small children

One of the greatest aspects of the walk around Sprague Lake was that because of all the recent freezing temperatures, the lake was frozen solid.  As soon as we got on the trail I saw a family out on the ice, and it wasn't long before we joined them!  Before long a contest of who could slide the furthest developed and everyone had a lot of fun practicing their best penguin impersonations.

Sliding on Ice

After our walk, we headed into the town of Estes Park to warm up with hot cocoa and coffee at a Locals' favorite spot, Kind Coffee.  It was such a great day!

5k Race in Estes Park to Benefit Damaged Trails in RMNP

Dasher 5k Run

Get your Costumes Ready for the Dasher 5K & Tinsel Tavern Tour, December 14th

Estes Park is premiering a series of new holiday events this December and the most outrageous require holiday-themed costumes. The Dasher 5K will take place downtown Estes Park, with registration starting at 10 am on Saturday, December 14th at Town Hall. Registration is available at the race or online and ranges from $20 to $45.  Here is a link to register for the race. 

Racers can catch their breath in the afternoon before grabbing a bite to eat and meeting up for the Tinsel Tavern Tour pub crawl starting at 7pm at the Estes Park Resort for the kick-off party. Prizes will be given for the best costumes before participants hop aboard the shuttle and head to the participating taverns around Estes Park. The shuttle stops at a number of participating lodges and hotels, so make reservations and avoid driving while hitting all the hot spots.

Stay for Sunday brunch and complete your shopping list before the weekend is over with special participant discounts! Tickets for the Tinsel Tavern Tour are $50 for a pair, $30 each or $15 for designated drivers.

For great places to stay in Estes Park, click here for our lodging guide.